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Key Stage 3 Music

Key Stage 3 Curriculum

At key stage 3 we deliver a well-rounded curriculum enabling students to appreciate music from different cultures around the world and time periods. The course enables students to understand printed music in a variety of formats including graphic scores, guitar tablature and traditional notation.

Year 7 & 8 Music

Elements and Graphic Scores
Aim: To understand the meaning of Tempo, Texture, Timbre, Structure, Duration, Pitch and Dynamics and how they are used in the creation of music.
By the end of this unit students are expected to understand:

How to write and read a simple graphic score.

The meaning of the individual elements of sound

How vibration is linked to pitch

The basics of beat and rhythm.



Music Literacy – Rhythm and Pulse

Aim: To understand the basic principles of beat and rhythm and how they

work together in composing and performing music.

By the end of this unit students are expected to understand:

Beat and its relationship to rhythm

Reading and playing accented beats

Reading and playing Semi-Breves, Minims, Crotchets, Quavers and Semiquavers




Music Literacy – Melodic Notation and Keyboard Techniques

Aim: To understand the basic principles of electronic keyboard functions and keyboard technique and to use them effectively in composing and performing music.

By the end of this unit students are expected to understand:
  • Basic keyboard functions (voices and ‘styles’)
  • Finger positioning at the keyboard
  • Notes of the treble clef and their positions at the keyboard




Djembe and the Music of Africa

Aim: To aurally recognise and appreciate instrumental and rhythmic

characteristics of certain African Music.

To learn African percussion techniques and utilise them in composition.

To learn about the construction of African percussion and how this

effects timbre.

To develop standard and non-standard means of notating rhythm.

To develop individual and ensemble skills within a percussion group.

By the end of this unit students are expected to understand:

Developing rhythmic skill and awareness.

Developing percussion techniques and understanding.

Developing individual and group composition skills.

Developing self-appraisal, project development and presentation skills.


The Blues

Aim: To understand the different parts to the blues

To perform one standard blues using different resources

To use ICT to explore the blues

To understand rhythms associated with blues and jazz

By the end of this unit students are expected to understand:

Structure of blues

Walking bass parts

Improvisation using the blues scale

Repetition of blues rhythms


Music for Film and Media

Aim: To understand the principles of composing music to a narrative stimulus.

To enable pupils to understand the function of film soundtracks through composing

and performing scores of film music

By the end of this unit students are expected to understand:
  • Reading and writing of more complex graphic scores
  • Understanding a time code sheet
  • Use of relevant vocabulary

Pop and Rock Music

Aim: To appreciate the role of Pop Music with in society.

To recognise stylistic elements of different Pop Music genres.

To aurally recognise the structural elements of a Pop Song.

To develop harmonic understanding (Maj / Min) using Auto

chords.

To develop an understanding of the instruments found in Pop

Music.

To compose and perform a Pop Song.

By the end of this unit students are expected to understand:
  • Developing cultural understanding.
  • Developing melodic harmonic and rhythmic techniques.
  • Developing aural skills through recognition of Harmony and
  • Structure.
  • Developing individual and community skills through a variety of
  • learning experiences.